Where trees yield the answers


IT had been a while since the last time Wan Nur Asyiqin Wan Din and her boyfriend Faris Azim Mustafa visited the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (Frim) in Kepong, Selangor. 

But when the couple returned to the place on Sunday, they certainly had reasons to be happy as they won The New World Discovery Race! organised by Frim and Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn Bhd. 

The treasure hunt was held in conjunction with the release of the movie The New World on March 16. 

Starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer and Christian Bale, The New World is an adventure set amidst the first encounter of European and native American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown Virginia settlement in 1607. 

Sisters Lilian and Yvonne Ong discussing possible solutions.

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In the treaure hunt, the 20 two-member teams were required to obtain the correct answers to the clues they were given – all of which were related to the movie and trees found in Frim. 

Wan Nur Asyiqin, 23, and Faris, 25, won RM500, four complimentary tickets to the movie, a Victorinox Swiss Army watch worth RM1,595 and a six-month subscription of Cinema Online magazine. 

“We live nearby but it has been a long time since we came here. We’ve been coming to Frim since our primary school days when the school sports day, family day, marathon events and football tournaments were all held here,” said Wan Nur Asyiqin. 

Treasure hunt participants thinking hard to solve the clues.

Faris said they never had the chance to learn the various tree species found in Frim during their previous visits but they managed to find out a lot from the treasure hunt. 

“We got to know a lot of tree species and their scientific names as well as where they come from. Sometimes, we only heard of the species names but now we got to see them as well. 

“We both love watching movies,” he said, adding that they decided to join the treasure hunt because it promised to be a good activity that they could do together.  

As for Lau Sai Yew, 29, and Chow Wing Seng, 28, they participated in the hunt to make up for not being able to take part in the real Amazing Race. 

Wonder how this tree helped these participants in the event?

“The real Amazing Race required us to take one month’s leave. Since we couldn’t join the real one, we took part in this one just to get a feel of it,” Lau said. 

GSC senior manager (distribution) Tung Yow Kong said since the movie The New World was set in a rustic environment, they thought it was appropriate to organise an event that brought participants closer to nature. 

Cindy Lee, who is marketing communications division manager of FJ Benjamin (M) Sdn Bhd, which is the event's sponsor, said: 

“The Victorinox Swiss Army is an outdoor brand that is targeted at people who love the outdoors and live a rugged and active lifestyle. 

“We feel this race is in line with the concept of our watches.” 

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